And while the 23-year-old running back, who rushed for 480 rushing yards, three touchdowns and 3.4 yards per carry last season, is expected to be a factor from Week 1, the concerns are enough to evaluate the rest of the running back depth.
Coach Jay Gruden did not rule out the possibility Wednesday that the team could add another veteran free agent to compete with the group.
Jones' surgically repaired hip and his fumbling issues are the main concerns. After the team moved on from Alfred Morris during free agency, it is thin on experienced running backs. Keep an eye on this situation, whomever the team gets could end up with significant work. Thompson is more used in the passing game and likely isn't a heavy-workload back.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 4:54pm
The quarterback was released Wednesday, two days before veterans are scheduled to report to training camp in Irvine, Calif.
Foles had abstained from the team's offseason training program and organized team activities since April's draft, during which the team selected Cal quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 1 overall pick.
Kubiak said Wednesday that Sanchez will start with the first-team unit when training camp opens on Thursday, but noted that the rotation isn't written in stone. Kubiak added that reps will remain equal between Sanchez, Trevor Siemian and rookie Paxton Lynch.
"The bottom line is we're gonna give them equal reps," he said. "It's an open competition. We've laid out our plan of how we're gonna rep them and those types of things, so that we're getting an equal look at all of them. Tomorrow we line up. Mark's gonna go first, Trevor is gonna go second, Paxton is gonna go third. That will change on a day-to-day basis and how we do things. We just want to give them all an equal opportunity."
Kubiak said Sanchez and Siemian will likely split more first-team reps to start camp, but the Broncos want to ensure Lynch remains on a quick developmental path. It's probably not a good sign for Sanchez but he may still very well in the job. However, given his inconsistent play over the last few years with the Eagles, he's unlikely to keep it if Siemian and or Lynch show anything.
“There’s still such a suddenness there, even at the age of 36,” Rivers said. “He still looks fast. He’s sharp.”
Gates should still put up decent numbers this season.
After missing the first four games of last season due to a suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Gates limped through the second half of 2015 following an MCL knee sprain in a Week 6 loss against the Green Bay Packers. Despite the suspension and being slowed by injury, he finished the season with 56 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns.
The Chargers drafted Hunter Henry in the second round of this year’s NFL draft to be Gates’ eventual replacement for a reason. Gates is near the end of a remarkable NFL career. Still, Gates is 12th on our TE list making him a low-end TE1 option. We project him for a 60-685-6.8 line this season making him a solid, late-round option. Buyers should probably have a backup plan, however.
The Kansas City Chiefs will be without another veteran to start training camp.
The team placed running back Jamaal Charles on the physically unable to perform list for the start of workouts.
Charles suffered an ACL tear in October and underwent his second knee surgery in the past four years. Turning 30 in December, the Chiefs won't rush Charles back about nine months after going under the knife.
As the clock ticks toward Saturday’s opening practice of camp for the Tennessee Titans, the roster stands at 89.
Will they use the 90th spot to sign veteran receiver Andre Johnson (35), who was one of several players who visited the team Tuesday?
That remains unclear, and a source said nothing is pending.
The author spoke to four personnel executives with other teams. Two of the four executives pretty much said Johnson is done. One other thought he could mentor, and the fourth said Johnson's size could at least be used in a limited role. From a fantasy perspective, none of the four made it seem like Johnson could have a big role with an NFL team, which doesn't bode well for fantasy purposes.
According to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Cook is still uncertain when he’ll be able to get back to practice with the Packers.
However, the surgery was minor and isn’t expected to hinder his availability for the start of the season.
“No, it wasn’t anything serious,” Cook said. “It was just, they didn’t want it to prolong and something happen later on down the road in season….I’d just rather be safe than sorry.”
Unfortunately, it's valuable time lost as Cook joins a new team and tries to form chemistry with Aaron Rodgers. Cook also missed the end of offseason programs. If Cook can come back healthy we think he has a great shot at TE1 numbers this season.
Despite being one of the best bargains in the league, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will report to training camp Thursday, hopeful and confident that his contract will be addressed before the start of the regular season, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
Having Brown in training camp will be one less headache for a Steelers team that already has running back LeVeon Bell facing a four-game suspension and wide receiver Martavis Bryant serving a one-year suspension.
But at some point, Pittsburgh likely will be asked to consider options to compensate Brown like one of the top receivers in the game that he has proved to be, per a source.
Brown is obviously a top fantasy pick in all formats, but it looks like owners won't have to worry about a holdout situation. He's coming off a 136-catch season and is schedule to make 6.25 million this year. He still has two years left on his deal.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 9:27am
For the first time in four years, Chase Daniel didn’t report to training camp in St. Joseph with the rest of the Chiefs quarterbacks on Tuesday after joining the Doug Pederson-coached Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.
Who remain in his place are three candidates—Tyler Bray, an undrafted free agent from 2013, Kevin Hogan, a rookie and the fifth-round draft pick from this year and Aaron Murray, the fifth-rounder from two seasons ago—and the opportunity of a lifetime.
The story went on to say: when it comes to the trust of the starter in Smith, Bray and Murray have an advantage over Hogan in that they were able to watch and learn from how Daniel handled the role.
Jags QB Blake Bortles enters this year's camp with a clear mind.
That should be good news for the Jaguars' offense. Bortles had a rough rookie season in 2014. He threw for 11 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions, then spent the entire offseason reworking his throwing motion (he shortened his windup and lengthened his follow-through) and cleaning up fundamentals. That helped him make a significant leap in his second season, when he set franchise records in attempts (606), completions (355), passing yards (4,428) and passing touchdowns (35).
Earlier this month, Bortles spent six days in California with throwing coach Tom House, who helped him the previous offseason, but only to fine-tune a few things. He spent the rest of the offseason throwing with receivers in town, seeking advice from quarterbacks such as Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. The fantasy community is expecting Bortles to regress in his third season due to his outrageous share of total touchdowns (taking part in 37 of the team’s 40 offensive touchdowns), the addition of Chris Ivory as a short yardage threat and a boatload of free agency money and draft picks thrown at the defensive side of the ball. Still, as the 10th or 11th QB off the board, he’s a solid pick given his weapons in the receiving game.
Victor Cruz has heard all the doubters.
The Giants wide receiver is aware of the skepticism about his ability to return to Pro Bowl form after missing most of the past two seasons with injuries. But Cruz is confident that he'll have a comeback season as he prepares to report to training camp on Thursday.
"Don't worry, my ears are to the streets," Cruz said in a video posted by UNINTERRUPTED. "I know all the naysayers. I hear all the people saying I can't do it or they're doubting me or whatever the case may be. But I've proved people wrong before and I'm excited to prove people wrong again. So, here we go on another journey."
Cruz suffered a season-ending torn patella tendon in his right knee in the sixth game of the 2014 season. He returned for training camp last summer, but a torn fascia in his left calf caused him to miss the entire 2015 season. With the emergence of third-year star Odell Beckham Jr. and the addition of rookie Sterling Shepard, Cruz could prove to be an X-factor in the Giants offense this season. Cruz is ranked just 77th on our list and is getting late-round attention likely based on name. Hopefully camp gives us a better indication of a potential Cruz comeback.
The question now is how the Carolina offense will look with the 6-foot-5 Kelvin Benjamin back in the mix with emerging star Devin Funchess, Ted Ginn Jr. and the rest of a group that overachieved in 2015.
There's no doubt that Benjamin will provide an upgrade. General manager Dave Gettleman said it’s like having an extra first-round draft pick.
Cam Newton grew as a quarterback when he was forced to spread the ball among a receiving corps that had no star. This camp could be about resisting the temptation to lean on Benjamin, which Newton often did in 2014, when the first-round pick out of Florida State had 73 catches for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.
Banjamin is back in our rankings as a lower-end WR2. We still project a nice season for him with a 74-1,008-8.2 line. Based on ADP, it looks like Benjamin is going before he should in drafts, likely because owners speculate a little less spreading around of the ball. However, that doesn't appear to be the goal of the offense this season.
Going into this season, there is persistent talk of second-year back Tevin Coleman, who had one touchdown on 89 touches last season, taking much of the load off Devonta Freeman. The coaches are extremely excited about Coleman's breakaway speed and big-play potential, provided he remains healthy and tackles the fumbling issues that plagued him last season.
"We want to know what's best for the team, so giving it to him every snap may not be the best way for us to win ballgames," HC Dan Quinn said about Freeman. "Could he do it? Is he tough enough? 100 percent. But for us to play at our best, we're going to feature both the guys and use their strengths."
Training camp, which starts Thursday, will give a glimpse of how much more the Falcons plan to incorporate Coleman. Quinn also talked about the possibility of giving Coleman touches as a kick returner with Devin Hester no longer on the team, but he'll have to prove he's over his fumbling issues. Like it or not, Coleman is going to cut into Freeman's workload which will limit Freeman's fantasy value. But that's life in the NFL at running back, and we still rank Freeman sixth among our backs in PPR and his projected 61 receptions is third most among RBs. Looks like his real value will be in PPR leagues.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 8:28pm
The Cardinals picked up Floyd’s fifth-year option in April 2015, extending his rookie contract by a season and putting the pressure on the 26-year-old in a make-or-break season. But Floyd doesn’t view the Cards’ decision to extend his stay in the desert by a year as a sign of things to come.
“That really doesn’t mean anything,” Floyd said. “You still got to go out there and perform. That’s what I expect myself to do -- just going out there and doing the best that I can to put myself in a position to stay here in Arizona, which I want to. I love this place and the organization treats me well.
“Basically the ball’s in my court. How I perform is all up to me.”
Floyd is coming off an 849-yard season that he finished with five 100-yard performances in his final eight games. A gruesome hand injury suffered last training camp prevented the Notre Dame product would eclipsing 1,000 yards for the second time in three seasons.